Another one of the normal 2nd trimester pregnancy pains are leg cramps.
During pregnancy, the changes in circulation and the compression of the nerves and blood vessels in the legs cause leg cramps.
Sometimes, the lack of magnesium in the diet also triggers cramping.
Many mothers describe leg cramps as involuntary contractions in the calf muscles or a sudden ache in the calf or foot.
Additionally, reports indicate that leg cramping is, most of the time, worse at night.
In managing leg pain during the 2nd trimester, you can stay active during the day (as active as your doctor allows you to), drink more fluid, and stretch your calf muscles.
It will also help if you maintain a healthy diet to ensure that you have enough magnesium.
If the pain worsens at night, consider the following measures:
- Make sure that your legs are warm
- When stretching your legs in the bed, avoid “pointing” your toes
- Take a warm shower
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